I was asked by my community to write this little blurb to augment existing bear awareness in hope that it would facilitate some positive action
Bears are wild animals. Not many people really think about that.
They don’t rely on anybody to feed them they do not go to Safeway.
They survive on their own instincts.
If you were fending for yourself you would be eating anything you could get your hands/paws on.
Bears have excellent noses. Very acute smell detection. Just as an eagle can spot microscopic things from very high up. Bears can detect smells from very, very far away.
In Bear areas close to human areas much care is needed to keep food sources/garbage contained so they DO NOT attract Bears.
In British Columbia we have many communities that are close to bear habitat.
If you were a wild Bear you would go to where something smelled good enough to eat.
Bears are not violent. Bears will however defend their babies and the food they worked so hard to find.
If something or someone gets in their way or if they feel threatened in any way they will attack.
So if you live near a wild place where there might be Bears, you have to make sure you keep all your food and garbage securely contained. This is called Bear Proofing.
You Must do this because if a Bear realizes that he can get food once in your area he will come back again. This is called an Habituated Bear. Out of habit, which you have unwittingly caused by leaving your food/garbage unsecured, the Bear will Return.
Habituated Bears can not be rehabilitated they become problem Bears. Then they sometimes have to be killed.
We do not want this. It is our fault and it can be avoided if people took the time to contain their food and garbage.
I have included a few Grizzly Bear photos to show what a magnificent wild animal this bear is.
Before I forget our British Columbia provincial government the Liberals under Gordon Campbell supports Killing the Grizzly Bear. If you don’t like this let him know.
Send a letter to him now. Contact Gord
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